Franklin succumbed to complications from pneumonia on Saturday at a Manhattan hospital, according to his lifelong partner, William Ausman.
The New York Times
His repertory ranged from the Prince in “Swan Lake” to a cowboy in “Rodeo” and Stanley Kowalski in a choreographic version of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” As a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Mr. Franklin was often paired with the Russian ballerina Alexandra Danilova to form one of the great partnerships of 20th-century ballet.
The Washington Post
Long after most dance careers end, Mr. Franklin continued to be an important force in the ballet community, serving as its living library and oral historian. Until the advent of film and video, dance was notoriously difficult to pass down because it lacks an effective, widely used system of notation.
The Cincinnati Enquirer
In 1969, he founded the National Ballet in Washington, DC. When the company failed in 1974, Franklin joined a pair of his former Ballet Russe colleagues to stage a new production of “The Nutcracker” for the Cincinnati Ballet Company.
It was the beginning of a relationship that would last the rest of his life.
The Wall Street Journal (subscription only)
[Edited by Helene: I was able to access the WSJ article through Google using keywords "wall street journal frederic franklin" and selecting the article named "For Nine Decades, a Ballet Dancer."]